Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ruined With You by J. Kenner Blog Tour

When her high maintenance boss is assaulted, manager Xena Morgan contacts the only person who can help—the sexy, arrogant, incredibly capable Stark Security agent Liam Foster. The former vigilante takes every case personally, and he's determined to find answers—particularly since he thought he'd cleared this threat already.

Xena had been thrilled when Liam completed his assignment, because he affected her in ways she didn't want to contemplate, awakening yearnings that threatened her deepest secrets.

But now she needs him, and her body won't let her forget it.

As their attraction heats to a feverish degree, the web of lies, danger, and passion they find themselves in tangles further. Liam will stop at nothing to protect his client, even if it means sacrificing everything he holds dear... and exposing the secrets that may destroy him—and Xena—forever.

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Book 3
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If he was going to have inappropriate fantasies about an off-limits woman, it should be Ellie. But no, he’d gone and fixated on a reedy blond girl with a sharp tongue and eyes that seemed to look right through him.

He told himself he didn’t know why, but that wasn’t entirely true. She was sharp and determined. She spoke little, but when she did it mattered. And her loyalty to Ellie shone like a beacon.

All admirable qualities, but there was more to Xena Morgan, he was sure of it. And it was that mystery that intrigued him. Something raw. Edgy. He didn’t know exactly what was buried deep inside her, but he’d seen enough damaged people to know that her soul was at least as scarred as his.

But that didn’t make them compatible. On the contrary, that made them combustible.

And that meant that Xena Morgan was a complication he simply didn’t need. And the sooner he exorcised her from his thoughts, the better.

A burst of white light flooded the backstage area, and Liam realized with a start that rehearsal had ended. Ellie was leaning against a giant set piece, talking with one of the roadies, and there was no longer anyone standing in the wings opposite him.

Frowning, he started to step onto the stage, then hesitated, wondering if Rye would prefer he go straight to the dressing room. He turned to look for the manager, only to find Xena instead, her head slightly cocked, a knowing smirk playing at the corner of her wide, tempting mouth.

Too tempting, and he thanked his lucky stars and a deep well of self-restraint that he’d kept himself in check despite that final night at Ellie’s after-party when they’d stood too close together as the alcohol flowed and the city twinkled below them.

Her hair had been loose, and her soft curls had fluttered in the midnight breeze. Today, those blond strands were pulled back into a severe ponytail, a style that put her face on display.

It was a beautiful face, albeit in an unusual kind of way. The kind of face that probably photographed incredibly well, but in real life seemed a little too sharp, an effect that was softened by a smattering of freckles across her nose and cheeks as well as by her hypnotic blue eyes.

She wore skinny jeans and a white tank top, which clearly revealed that she was about as flat as your average twelve-year-old boy. Even in the flirty black dress she’d worn at Ellie’s party, she’d looked delicate. Ephemeral. As if he could break her with nothing more than a hug. He’d imagined her in his arms, their limbs entwined. His black skin in stark contrast to her pale white, so delicate she probably burned if she even thought about the sun. He wanted her under him, her fragile body crushed beneath him, her heart skittering in passion as she surrendered, trusting him not to hurt her despite his power to do exactly that.

She’d wanted him, too; he was certain of it. He’d seen it in her eyes. He’d heard it in her breath. But he’d known damn well that he’d never risk having her, not knowing where it might lead and what demons he might unleash.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in the series and having read the previous two (and all things Stark!), I started out wondered how this could fit in... but obviously Kenner is the master of the craft and gave us an excellent storyline which slips into the series in a very satisfying way indeed.

Xena calls Liam back, as his decision that her employer, Ella, was safe has been put into serious question. However, one extra comment from Ella leaves her reeling, and Liam caught her reaction. Cue a complicated, chemistry-laden, and very moving story of one woman who has survived more than one would ever want to imagine.

Liam lost his first love due to his job, and would never, ever, dare to give anyone that opportunity again, but Xena is most definitely testing his resolve. I love how these two come at the relationship from very damaged, cautious histories, but really can't manage to keep apart. Kidding themselves that it is physical desire, not deep love works only for so long.

The tension is very well written – at one point I had to stop reading, because we know, we just know, and there is too much at stake... (I am a wus) anyway, I got back to it after a quick talking to myself, and it was really perfectly written!

Another excellent addition to the series, and great chance to catch up with some of the Stark family too. Thank you, J. Kenner, thank you very much.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Xena loves her job. She is capable and has made a new life for herself. What she didn’t count on was her best friend needing a bodyguard. Enter Liam. He is hot, commanding, and did I mention sexy?

Liam has a past that he has tried to outrun, forget, drive out of his mind, and finally, accept. But when he comes face to face with Xena again, he can’t deny that he finds her incredibly tempting.

Neither Xena nor Liam do love. They have cut that part of themselves off. Xena had to when she was young and naive. Liam had to in order to keep living. The trauma of their pasts collide and they have to decide whether or not they are worth the fight or if giving up is the best decision.

I really liked the story, but found that the chemistry between Liam and Xena somewhat flat compared to previous books in this series.

I am looking forward to the next installment – to see these characters again, kicking butt and taking names. This is a very entertaining series.

Also Available in the Stark Security Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Shattered With You Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Broken With You Blog Tour.

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy)
and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Ruined with You (Stark Security #3) by J. Kenner to read and review for this tour.

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